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Why HER and Not ME? How YOU Can be the Attorney Reporters Call (Update)

1h 3m

Created on August 31, 2021

Intermediate

CC

$99

Overview

Did you see your colleague quoted in the news? Why are reporters calling her and not you? The answer could be that reporters call the people they know. They don't call an attorney they never heard of. Therefore, it is critical to learn how to introduce yourself to the media as a source for comment.

When you are preparing to file litigation on a big case, will you contact the media with a press release? Would a news story put pressure on opposing counsel? Are you prepared to speak about your own case? When you get a call from a reporter, do you know how to make yourself more quotable and memorable? Are you ready to comment on a case in the news or explain how a change in regulation will affect business operations?

Janet L. Falk, Chief Strategist, Falk Communications and Research, will present the mechanics for connecting with and talking to the media. Craig Dobson, principal at Dobson Law, will present the relevant Rules of Professional Conduct regarding contact with the media.

This program will benefit all attorneys seeking to raise their media profile...ethically. A sample Media Profile and Press Release will be provided.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the ethical issues of presenting yourself to reporters as a source
  2. Analyze the ethical issues of speaking to reporters about a case your own firm filed in court
  3. Develop brief biographical material to introduce yourself to the media as a credible source on legal and business issues while staying within the ethical rules for attorney advertising
  4. Discuss what types of case information can be ethically disclosed when preparing press releases to announce the status of a case filed in court


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